Kaitlyn yawns a lot!
Mom having a successful breastfeeding attempt on Christmas Eve
Mom and Dad (aka Liz and Brian) at home on Christmas Eve
Uncle Gary talking to Kaitlyn and she sure likes the sound of his voice! She probably knows how much help he was in keeping all my blog watchers up-to-date after I delivered
A proud Uncle Gary, holding his neice for the first time
Here is Kaitlyn with a blankie snuggly from Auntie Kris. Kris is almost my step-sister (my mother's long-term boyfriend Rich's daughter). yes, it's all very confusing, and you can see why things were a bit hectic over Christmas.
Nana (Grandma) Corinne holding Kaitlyn for the first time...yes those are definitely tears in Nana's eyes. (Mom Liz takes after her mom in the tears department). We named our first born twin daughter Corinne Margaret (after both my mom and Brian's mom). We wanted to make sure our little Prom Princess had the name of our strong mothers so that she would be a fighter. I'm sure my mom Corinne had the same thoughts I always do when I hold Kaitlyn, what would Corinne Margaret have looked like.
Grandma Marcia (Mimi) holding Kaitlyn for the first time. This is my step-mother. Marcia's daughter Whitney (who lives here in the Bay Area) is due to have her 2nd child in just a few days from now. She was due the same time I was originally due
Dad trying to get Kaitlyn to nipple. Kaitlyn isn't very interested (as she often isn't). She sort of looks up at you and says, "well, what am I supposed to do with this?"
Dad holding Kaitlyn. This picture gives good perspective at how small she still is
These 2 "twin" ornaments are from Kaitlyn's NICU twin. Right across from Kaitlyn's crib is Ethyn, who was also a micro-preemie and lost his twin brother. Both Kaitlyn and Ethyn have been in the NICU for a very long time. Ethyn for even longer, he was born at 24 weeks, and is almost a month past his due date. Ethyn's parents, Jenny and Phil are the ones who made us the great Christmas crib sign. I showed up to the NICU one day and these adorable little first Christmas ornaments were right between our two "twins." We have become good friends with Phil and Jenny, Ehtyn's parents. In fact, we have spent all our holiday's together in the NICU.
Brian's mom Grandma Margaret (aka: Markie or Mame her Grandmother name) made us these incredibly beautiful ceramic plates which she brought when she was visiting Kaitlyn after Thansgiving. She had made a similar plate for Brian when he was born, which we have. These are very, very special to us.
Every time I look at Corinne's I cry, as it's just so beautiful that she's peacefully sleeping. The plates are hanging in Kaitlyn's nursery.
My mom (Nana Corinne) found us these 2 beautiful porcelean angel ornaments which she searched and searched for. She had Kaitlyn and Corinne Margarets name painted on them. When I opened these on Christmas, both my mom and I sobbed.
This incredibly beautiful touching night-light was sent to me from Leanne and Andy from New Orleans. If you recall reading my blog during Hurricane Katrina, I mentioned I have a lot of family in New Orleans that were all displaced by the Hurricane. This porclean night-light shows a beautiful angel over the bed-side of a baby girl, with her mother looking on. I of course cried when I opened the box to this touching gift. It couldn't have been more fitting. ........ Leanne and Andy are my ex-inlaws. But I have remained very close with my New Orleans family now (as has Brian) and we consider them Grandparents too. Kaitlyn and Corinne are indeed lucky girls to be surrounded by so many family members and friends.